When West Meets East
October 28, 2009 8:38 PM Subscribe
Sky Lanterns... Australia has banned them
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, and those caught selling them could face fines of up to $100,000 for companies and $20,000 for individuals. Sky lanterns are airborne paper lanterns traditionally found in East Asian cultures. They are constructed from oiled rice paper on a bamboo frame, and contain a small candle or fuel cell composed of a waxy flammable material. When lit, the flame heats the air inside the lantern, thus lowering its density causing the lantern to rise into the air. The sky lantern is only airborne for as long as the flame stays alight, after which the lantern floats back to the ground.
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.Tourists and Thais take delight at the sight of a night sky filled with floating lanterns. That's the upside. The downside is less appealing.
When the wind is blowing inland or across Patong Bay,the owners of properties beneath the descending lanterns have made the point that the naked flames could start fires and the burnt-out remnants of hundreds of lanterns are unsightly.
Khun Prathuang said the penalty for lighting a sky lantern within seven kilometres of the airport is between five and 20 years in jail.
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Fireballs were lanterns
The mystery of fire in the sky over Chatham Sunday night has been solved.
They were fire lanterns released during a birthday party, said Allan Stevenson.
He said after leaving the grocery store shortly before 8 p. m. he looked into the sky and saw dozens of floating red objects.
He decided to investigate.
Stevenson said he drove in the direction the objects were coming from and found a house in north Chatham.
"It was a birthday party," he said. "They were singing to somebody when I went by."
He said they released about 100 objects that looked like balloons with candles in the bottom.
"They went out pretty quick when they went up into the sky," Stevenson said. "They were cool from a distance."
Readers who live in north Chatham e-mailed The Chatham Daily News yesterday to report seeing the red "fireballs.